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I worked at Carton Service full-time (more than an year)Pros
I've been away from the company for a little over a year now, and had a good insight to the business by the time I was gone. I thought about writing a review when I left... but I was too angry to write anything then. Now, I'm not angry but have been left with a bad taste in my mouth. At this point there are very little pros that I can think of. The only one that I comes to mind, is that they are flexible with time off - if the owners consider you a good worker. The business it could be fun, I held three different roles in two years there, the co-workers I had there made it a fun place to work.Cons
By the time I left, I was one of two employees remaining from when I started. They drove away people that had worked for them for YEARS.
They grossly underpay everyone. Full time positions are almost always temp to hire... they didn't bring me on full time for 7 months and not for lack of funds in the budget or my performance, and then made me wait 3 months to get benefits. The entire time I was there I never received an employee handbook (which did exist on the server, but was a locked file), I had requested one four times, and the last two were in writing. One of my co-workers had one, and it disappeared after the wife (one of the owners) "cleaned up" my co-worker and I's work space for us.
I eventually got to a position that utilized my skills, was never given a title, or an official list of responsibilities, and no pay raise. By Market rates in Portland I was underpaid at least 15k/yr, if not more. After getting chewed out almost daily by the owner (who is not named correctly on this profile), and receiving or having to stand-by and watch others get the "weird" talks he would give for several months, and with no renumeration for the ever increasing expectations, I decided to work to the level I felt I was being compensated for.
By this time it was a paycheck, not a place I enjoyed anymore. The life was being sucked out of the place. The owners actively discouraged and took action against any fraternization between any employees.
Eventually people started to drop off, they were alienating everyone, they didn't want to hear it, and really didn't care. In the end, I jumped ship with everyone else. They expected it would come and in the process they were frantically trying to question everyone who remained, who might jump next.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Loosen up. Stop spending tens of thousands of dollars per month on tech toys and design clothing. Invest in your employees if you want the business to grow.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO